Firearms: Licensing

Home Office written question – answered on 12th January 2017.

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Photo of Lyn Brown Lyn Brown Shadow Minister (Home Office) (Policing)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress has been made on development of the planned online system for firearms licensing.

Photo of Lyn Brown Lyn Brown Shadow Minister (Home Office) (Policing)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the timetable is for introduction of the planned online system for firearms licensing.

Photo of Brandon Lewis Brandon Lewis Minister of State (Home Office) (Policing and the Fire Service)

Firearm and shotgun licensing is administered by the police. The programme of work to introduce a new licensing system for England and Wales is being managed by the Police ICT Company in conjunction with police forces.

Licensing of section 5 prohibited firearms is administered by the Home Office. A separate small scale IT system is being developed for the Home Office firearms licensing unit to oversee section 5 licensing applications with a view to implementation in spring 2017.

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